John Livingston

Tell the Truth

I am not the first to acknowledge the almost miraculous accomplishment of Dr. Rachel Levine. She is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, and previously served as the Pennsylvania physician general from 2015 to 2017, then as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health from 2017 to 2021. Levine is one of only a few openly transgender government officials. She is a Four-Star Admiral in the Public Health Service. Her academic bona-fides are impressive, but certainly not unique. What seems to me to be miraculous is the fact that within two weeks she was named USA Today Woman of the year, and the very next week was awarded the prestigious Babylon Bee Man of the year award. Nobody that I know of in the history of the world has been able to win awards so disparate one week apart. Bruce Jenner I am told is jealous as is Rene Richards and Lela Thomas the Penn State swimmer. When she walked onto the awards stand at the NCAA swimming meet one of her Penn State teammates was heard on a “dark mike” to say “BPIT”— best package in the tournament. I concur—phenotypically speaking.

Also confusing to me was the responses of SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown-Jackson to the question “what is a woman”. She was given several opportunities to answer, and she couldn’t give one. She is a Harvard graduate and a mother. There is a joke in that, but children sometime read my articles by mistake. My answer would include the concepts of phenotype (physical appearance) and genotype (your genes). One defines the other even when mutilating plastic surgery is involved. When obfuscation and capriciousness are substituted for common sense and truth, I am reminded of an Ayan Rand quote:

 “If men understand that reality is an absolute not to be faked, that lies do not work, that the unearned cannot be had, that the undeserved cannot be given, that the destruction of a value which is, will not bring value to that which isn’t”….(then there is a hope for truth). We have a SCOTUS nominee that knows the truth, but in the name of political correctness can’t speak the truth. This is important when we discuss issues that have been brought before our courts by LGBT activists. Let’s review. What is a transgender dysphoria?

The term “transgender” refers to a person whose sex assigned at birth (i.e. the sex assigned by a physician at birth, usually based on external genitalia) does not match their gender identity (i.e., one’s psychological sense of their gender). Many people who are transgender will experience “gender dysphoria,” which refers to psychological distress that results from an incongruence between one’s sex assigned at birth and one’s gender identity. Though gender dysphoria often begins in childhood, some people may not experience it until after puberty or much later. By the end of puberty most gender identity issues resolve themselves. The vast majority of those who identify as transsexual have phenotypes and genotypes that match. A very few conditions that fall into the category of sexual ambiguity—which is not the same issue (testicular feminization and some adrenal tumors and hyper- activity) occur about 1/100,000 births.

Trans-gender dysphoria is a very serious issue. Gender dysphoria has been discussed in previous articles, but let’s just say up front that most psychiatrists believe that most gender identity patients suffer from dysphoric psychopathologies. As with any person or patient they should be loved and know that God loves them. “God doesn’t make junk”. How many people living in this country are dealing with these issues? There are many, but not as many as the media have led us to believe.

U.S. Census data does not ask whether a person identifies as transgender. However, according to the World Population Review, each of the 50 states has acquired data on its transgender population. Washington, D.C., has the highest percentage at 2.77. North Dakota has the lowest.

My point is not to discuss gender dysphoria’s, but to simply point out that when people in positions of authority are unable to speak the truth even when they know the truth, politicians, judges, educators and professionals, church leaders, then what is the point of a conversation? We teach our children to tell the truth and we hold them accountable when they don’t. Shouldn’t we expect the same from our politicians when they become adults?

The homeless, immigration, Medicaid Fraud—39% false billings and claims in Idaho the 4th worse in the country, government corporate collusion, Critical Race Theory (CRT) did anyone watch the testimony of the Idaho College Presidents? The amount of truth told in those committee hearing if put in a fly’s rear end would rattle around like marbles in a cigar box. Same for the JFAC (DHW) hearing. Curriculum vs Pedagogy! Please. We the People Know the Truth when we see and hear it. You dishonor yourselves and those who work for you, and you insult us.

Here is a truth that needs to be told to Dr. Levine, Judge Brown- Jackson, and Lela Thomas: A boy is a boy, and a woman is a woman. You are loved by God unconditionally, and by your families and friends. Ask any of the almost 700 women swimmers that watched Lela accept her medals if there is a difference? Until that issue is addressed, the issue of dysphoria cannot be handled in an efficacious fashion. And neither can drug abuse and mental illness in the homeless, or (CRT) —you name it. Until adults start telling the truth, then we are no longer responsible adults—including Four-Star Admirals, Supreme Court Justices, and many who testified before Idaho legislative committees this year.

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In my life I have known two very devout Christian Psychiatrists. Both inspirational and professionally well respected.

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